Copyright infringement has been an ongoing debate for quite some time. The first time it was really brought to the mainstream media was with the emergence of Napster in the 90s which allowed consumers to download as much music as they wanted completely free of charge. Quite obviously, this caused a massive uproar in the music industry who quickly squashed the peer-to-peer (P2P) software and sparked an ongoing battle between content producing copyright holders and pirates looking to save a buck.
While the illegality behind downloading copyrighted software, movies or music is easy to understand, other mediums are oft overlooked. Photography, for example, is a medium that requires the same kind of creative finesse as these other mediums but is also one you don’t hear the anti-pirate bureaus talking about as much. This is a problem for aspiring photographers who painstakingly create a work of art only to see it ripped and plastered over the Internet in an unauthorized manner.
Luckily, if you’re a photographer who falls into this category and feels piracy is an issue that needs to be addressed the FBI is finally stepping forward to provide some aide. It was recently announced that the FBI is now allowing copyright holders of all types to utilize their Anti-Piracy Warning logo, as seen above. Previously, only certain entertainment industry members were allowed to use the logo including associations like the RIAA and MPAA. Now, anyone who creates any unique piece of content can utilize the logo to scare off thieves looking to make a grab.
Of course, just how well this movement will work towards stopping piracy remains to be seen. However, it’s at least nice to see that the FBI is extending their reach to help out the little guys and not simply the multi-million dollar entertainment industries.